A Hamburg football player has been placed on the Farm Bureau Award Watch List.
The Farm Bureau Awards honor Arkansas’ top offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year for each classification. Hootens, Arkansas’ leading source for high school football news, selects three finalists for each category, and those 45 finalists and their families are invited to attend the Farm Bureau Awards Dec. 11.
This year, Hamburg Lion player Shannon Brennon made the 4A Defensive Player of the Year watchlist. Only eight players from Southeast Arkansas made the 4A Offensive Player list, and only five made the Defensive Player list. Brennon was the only one from Ashley County to be selected.
Brennon has been in the spotlight and was predicted to be a star athlete. Offensive coordinator Kody Hamlin chose Brennon as his pick for preseason high light player before the season even kicked off. Hamlin said in the summer that Brennon was explosive and a valuable asset to the Lion football team.
Coach Cecil Ray Cossey said before the season that Brennon was a natural team leader and motivated player, and he knew to expect big things from him.
The coaches also said in preseason talk that fans could expect to see Brennon on both sides of the ball, and that held to be true as Brennon rarely came off the field during a game.
“Regardless of what side of the football he is on, he fights so hard,” Hamlin said.
Brennon started the season with a 98 yard kick-off return in the Hooten Classic, and he didn’t stop running the ball.
Brennon was noted by Arkansas Next Level Recruiting as a “top performer” in high school football for his performance week 7 against the Dollarway Cardinals. Against the Cardinals, Brennon proved to be a valuable and diverse player as he stepped up as quarterback when the starting player was injured.
Brennon was also named Week 7 Offensive Player of the Game by his coaches with 180 all purpose yards, and delivered an impressive performance on defense and special teams. In addition to 119 rushing yards on offense against Dollarway, Brennon scooped up a blocked punt to run it for a touchdown, forced a fumble and caught an interception.
Week 7 is not the only week Brennon’s hard work was noted by coaches and fans. Brennon received Player of the Game multiple weeks, including Offensive Player of the Game the first round of the 2017 playoffs. The Lions beat the Jonesboro Westside Warriors on the road, and Brennon was credited with 130 all-purpose yards and ran 45 yards for the game winning touchdown.